Digital Innovation and Delivery to Improve Construction Productivity

Digital adoption and collaboration as the driver for engineering excellence

Event Details


Registration and coffee
Opening remarks from the Chair
Jonny Breen, Digital Principal, Context Architects
Opening Keynote: Transformative opportunities from the Construction Industry Accord
  • Triggering a commitment across the industry to do things differently and productively
  • Tackling the issues holding the construction sector back
  • Collaboration between government and industry to support a more productive, innovative and safer industry
Raveen Jaduram, Chief Executive, Watercare Services Ltd
International Keynote 1 - Transforming the construction and infrastructure sector with BIM and digital engineering policy
  • Assessing the current and future trends in the AEC industry globally when it comes to BIM policy
  • Reviewing the benefits of a consistent process when it comes to BIM and digital engineering policies
  • How future technology trends can impact on the way we design, build and manage our assets
Rebecca De Cicco, Director, Digital Node
*Winner of Australian Women in Construction Award 2018
International Keynote 2 - Introducing the new international standard for BIM - ISO 19650
  • Encouraging a common language of BIM globally
  • How does it work and how does it affect NZ market?
  • Comparing ISO 19650 standard with NZ BIM Handbook (3rd Edition)
Sarah Davidson, Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham
*UK BIM Alliance - Implementation Co-Lead
Morning break
Panel Discussion - Going digital to deliver better outcomes from planning to performance
  • Why has construction been slow to go digital?
  • Is computational design for everyone?
  • Where does NZ sit in terms of BIM compared to other countries?
  • Evaluating the promises and challenges
Dr Sean Sweeney, Chief Executive, City Rail Link
Matt Montgomery, Head of Innovation, Auckland Council
Dave Bain, Senior Project Manager - Programme Team, Asset Management Unit, Christchurch City Council
Helen Gorina, Digital Practice Manager - Associate, Perkins & Will
Laser 3D scanning to survey landscape and capture data for engineering design
  • Capturing detailed information about elements in their physical space allows for more precise use of data
  • Increasing the accuracy of project information
  • Mitigating risks around accessible data collection, quality and integrity and collection by suitably qualified professionals
Clare Tolan, General Manager - Survey, Harrison Grierson & *Winner of ACENZ Future Leader Award 2017
5 ways BIM will supercharge your field team
  • What is the future we are trending towards
  • Seamlessly publish from 2D sheets from Revit to PlanGrid
  • Smart Task Tracking
Jacob Mundakathil, Regional Sales Manager, PlanGrid
Lunch break
International Keynote 3 - Autodesk BIM 360 Design collaboration
  • Efficiencies in the new release and how these can be applied into BIM projects
  • Document Management module for data management, access controls and web and mobile collaboration
  • The new Design Collaboration module for milestone tracking and deliverable coordination
Helen Gorina, Digital Practice Manager - Associate, Perkins & Will
*Highly rated instructor from Autodesk University
Integrating Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) into progressive design build
  • Aligning entire team with standards and uses
  • Bridging the gap between design data and construction execution to enable robust planning to continue throughout the project delivery lifecycle
  • Resulting in a more cost-effective design from the construction point of view
Wayne Wood, Digital Engineering Lead - NZ, Jacobs
Drone mapping and virtual reality (VR) as a BIM productivity enhancing effort
  • Sharing best practice and effective workflow that can be implemented to utilise drone data in Digital Models
  • Working with large datasets such as point-clouds and photogrammetry collected by drones
  • Visualising Realtime capture through AR and VR
Chris Vorster, Associate Director - Digital Engineering NZ, AECOM
Afternoon break
Safety in design and integration with the BIM process
  • How to use BIM/VDC tools to prevent injuries on the job site?
  • Utilising software tools to quickly scan BIM models for problem areas and coordinate necessary safety provisions
  • How advanced construction sequencing and dimensional analysis allows for efficient site coordination
Jason Howden, Associate Principal - Digital Innovation Leader, Warren and Mahoney
Expert panel discussion: Rethinking digital practice for complex infrastructure
  • How much BIM are we actually doing?
  • How to engage non-BIM users in the construction process?
  • What’s next for construction sector and the role technology plays
  • Sharing of successful case studies on how BIM and other digital tools has led to digital transformation in NZ construction industry
Will Hackney, Digital Leader - Infrastructure, Aurecon
Jason Howden, Associate Principal - Digital Innovation Leader, Warren and Mahoney
Roy Qian, Head of Digital Engineering - Building Services, WSP Opus
Asem Zabin, Digital Engineering Lead, GHD Digital
Closing Keynote: The cross-sector impact of standards in the building of 'Information Models'
  • International, national and client digital delivery standards matter and why everyone needs to understand their impact
  • How planning for the production of ‘Information Models’ at every stage of the asset lifecycle is a must
  • What can getting the right information to the right people at the right time mean for us all
Will Hackney, Digital Leader - Infrastructure, Aurecon
Summary remarks from the Chair and networking drinks
Welcome back from the Chair
Jonny Breen, Digital Principal, Context Architects
Enabling digital technology for New Zealand businesses
  • Why, who and where BIM is at different business level
  • Dive into why some company win/fail and addressing their challenges and processes
  • How to build strong digital practice in your organisation
Shimon Hirano, BIM Lead, Mesh Consulting
BIM below ground - Underground engineering
  • Integration of 3-D geology into the design process
  • Use of 3-D geological models for optimised procurement outcomes
  • Use of BIM underground on major underground projects
Tom Ireland, Major Projects Director, Aurecon
Accelerating infrastructure development though automated visualisation stages and improved stakeholder engagement
  • Using 3D GIS and automation to accelerate the BIM visualisation stages of engineering design
  • Taking a modular approach towards visualisation to improve stakeholder engagement by leveraging VR, AR, Minecraft, and GIS
  • Generating useful information from point cloud data that can be managed in GIS/BIM
Callum Smith, Geospatial and Digital Delivery Consultant, Aurecon
Morning break
Leveraging data analytics and automation to improve digital adoption and collaboration
  • Conveying the benefits of BIM in a language which industry stakeholders all understand to improve digital adoption and diffusion across organisations and projects
  • Why is data analytics essential to improve design and construction productivity?
  • How can automation become a tool to improve collaboration?
Rudi Roux, Associate - BIM Specialist, Beca
The legal implications of broader BIM collaboration
  • The framework – standard form contracts and protocols
  • Sharing of risk management - What happens if something goes wrong?  Who is responsible?
  • Protection of IP rights: The IP in a BIM model – who owns and controls it?
Michael Taylor, Senior Associate, Russell McVeagh
Asset Owners' Panel: Should we do BIM or not to BIM?
  • Challenges and exciting opportunities in the industry for asset owners
  • BIM data, owner data – Are we making data complicated for the owner?
  • Will we have more productive outcomes if we engage owners in the BIM process right from the start?
  • Bridging the gap between what content building designers need and what owners need
Stephen Clarke, Principal Advisor - Digital Engineering for Transport, NZ Transport Agency
Karl Fitzpatrick, BIM Manager, Airport Development and Delivery, Auckland International Airport
Matt Meredith, Digital Design & Delivery Manager | Facilities & Development,, Auckland District Health Board
Steve Webster, Chief Infrastructure Officer, Watercare
Implementing a digital platform to manage daily site activity, boost construction productivity and create actionable insights from captured data
  • Case studies on how digitising the core materials handling process can increase efficiencies in some areas by up to 50%
  • A connected workforce and supply chain creates real time program transparency and improves accountability  
  • What daily operational data can do for the planning and costing new projects? An insight into potential applications of AI and machine learning to better predict project outcomes
Richard Fifita, Founder and CEO, Veyor
Lunch break
Digitising construction management processes and turning project data into business insights
  • Deciding which parts of your process to digitise
  • Evaluating systems and creating an integrated app eco-system
  • Using project data to make business decisions
  • Driving continuous digital improvement
Rob Stuart, Director of Innovation and Technology, Russell Group
Mind the gap: Identifying holes in the digital design - construct process
  • Design shortfalls – What we really need
  • Space proofing – Essential for BIM success
  • How does ‘approximate’ work with Level of Development (LOD) – How it ‘should’ work
  • Digital abortive works – The hidden costs
Tim West, BIM Manager - Infrastructure Projects, Downer
Afternoon break
Connected infrastructure: Disruption, innovation and change
  • Digital engineering and information management
  • Geospatial and data visualisation
  • Digital risk and security
Asem Zabin, Digital Engineering Lead, GHD Digital
Computational Design: An Innovator's toolkit
  • How can computational design add value to your projects?
  • Strategies for upskilling your team in coding and scripting
  • What's next?  
Maria Mingallon, Technical Director - Advanced Computational Design, Mott MacDonald
Closing remarks from the Chair and end of conference

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